The History of Jews in France

Summer 2020

Monday afternoon 12.45–2.45pm
From: 3 February 2020
To: 30 March 2020
Helen Webberley
8 week course (February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30)

Jews from all over France flocked to the arts in Belle Époque Paris.

In the 1890s, the Reactionaries – having failed to overthrow the Republic – persisted with their age-old hatred.

Jews were charged with all the crimes antisemites could conjure, resulting in the notorious Dreyfus and Panama Canal scandals.

But in the new century, Paris again became the cultural capital of the world, and Jewish citizens flourished.

In this course, we will examine the lives and influence of Jews in France, including the Prime Minister André Léon Blum and industrialist André-Gustave Citroën, artists Léon Bakst, Marc Chagall and Amedeo Modigliani, scholars Marc Bloch, Émile Durkheim, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Simone Weil, and mime Marcel Marceau.

Image: M E Toedeschini, Service Funèbre, 1856.


Early bird (until 17 January 2020)
$240 Museum member
$265 Non-member

$265 Museum member
$290 Non-member
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